Michigan State Crumbling: How Does This Affect the Big Ten Power Rankings?

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Michigan State Crumbling: How Does This Affect the Big Ten Power Rankings?

1,881.

That was the number of days since the last Michigan victory over Michigan State before last Thursday, when the Spartans lost to the Wolverines in East Lansing.

The loss dropped the Spartans to 4-4 in the Big Ten and 12-8 overall.

Panic button time?

Hold that thought.

The reason for the Spartans less than stellar year to this point is not a meltdown by the team, poor coaching or even the suspension of Korie Lucious.

The fall of Sparta within the conference this season has been a product of playing the deepest, most parity riddled conference in America.

Of course, Ohio State is a cut above the rest, and Purdue, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Illinois are all bunched in the middle. Nothing unusual there.

What sets this season apart in the Big Ten is the depth from top to bottom. Indiana and Michigan have both improved since last season, while Penn State has the ability to play anyone in the conference well on their home floor.

Two of the bottom four teams in the Big Ten beat ranked conference foes this past week, and of course there was the aforementioned defeat of MSU by Michigan.

How does MSU's slide to relative obscurity influence the Big Ten Power Rankings?

Continue reading to find out...

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